1. The rumor came to us from several sources yesterday—state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) was resigning so he could focus on his mayoral campaign.
The rumor is not true. "No. Just not true. He is not resigning," Murray spokesman Sandeep Kaushik told Fizz.
Murray, of course, recently elected by his caucus as senate "majority" leader, was rocked by yesterday's big news: Two dissident Democrats—Sens. Tim Sheldon (D-35, Potlatch), the Ben Nelson of the state senate, and Rodney Tom (D-48, Bellevue)—signed on to a Republican plan to give Republicans control of the senate.
In the GOP plan, Tom, not Murray, would be the senate leader.
Josh will be on KUOW this morning at 10 to talk about the Republican coup. 94.9 FM. Tune in.
2. Speaking of Murray, some early fundraising numbers are in from the pending 2013 mayor's race. For the month of November, Murray raised $1,700 (he declared last week); mayor Mike McGinn brought in $7,200; and city council member Tim Burgess, who declared in late November, raised $25,000. And Charlie Staadecker, the little-known real estate firm owner who was the first to declare he was running, raised $18,000.
McGinn's fundraising in November, compared to Burgess', looks particularly anemic when you consider that he had all of November to raise money; Burgess, who only announced he was running at the end of the month, had just a few days.
Overall, McGinn, who's obviously been raising money for months—as opposed to the new candidates—has raised $95,157. Burgess and Murray's November totals are their total totals. Staadeker, who's been officially in since October, has raised nearly $60,000 overall.
Seattle lawyer Rod Dembowski, one of the 13 candidates trying to replace attorney general-elect Bob Ferguson on the King County Council, has already raised $50,000.3. It's ill-advised to extrapolate too much from candidates' contributors, but a few names did jump out of this month's lists.
So make of this what you will: Liberal state representative Marko Liias (D-21) contributed $75 to Murray; city council member Sally Bagshaw maxed out with a $700 contribution to Burgess; and consultant Marianne Bichsel, former spokeswoman for ex-mayor (and McGinn rival) Greg Nickels, gave $50 to McGinn.
4. In other fundraising news, Seattle lawyer Rod Dembowski, one of the 13 candidates trying to replace attorney general-elect Bob Ferguson on the King County Council, has already picked up $50,000 in contributions and announced a kickoff date for his next campaign—a sure sign that even if he doesn't win the appointment, he plans to run for the full four-year council position next year.
5. Dave Ammons, the former AP Olympia bureau chief and current spokesman for retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed, says he plans to stay on under Secretary of State-elect Kim Wyman.
"I’m staying on, with a little more responsibility (and apparently a fancier title) and will be part of her top executive team," Ammons tells Fizz.
Indeed, Ammons is going from Communications Director in Reed's shop to Communications/Policy/Legislative Director in Wyman's administration.